This book describes the main aspects of radio propagation due to different natural and manmade phenomena occurring in ionospheric plasma. It discusses the possibility of stable radio communication links based on local scattering at field-elongated plasma inhomogeneities including natural inhomogeneities as well as artificial inhomogeneities. The text also explains how inhomogeneities can create focusing effects and can capture and channel radio waves in the ionosphere-ground surface waveguides and transmit information over long distances.
This book is intended for researchers, engineers, and graduate or postgraduate students who are concerned with the practical aspects of ionospheric radio propagation, over-horizon and abovehorizon radars, and ionospheric stations used for investigating nonregular phenomena occurring in the ionosphere, as well as with land–satellite and satellite–satellite communications. The phenomena treated include transport processes and photochemistry reactions occurring in the regular homogeneous ionosphere, nonlinear phenomena, and instabilities in the inhomogeneous disturbed ionosphere caused by various ambient natural and man-made (e.g., artificial) sources, and the corresponding plasma irregularities, natural and artificially induced, associated with these plasma instabilities.